KWSO News Oct. 22, 2018

Madras High School will host a Financial Aid Night this Wednesday at 6pm in the MHS Library. To apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, work-study, and loans, students need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. FAFSA gives students access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college. Students applying for the Tribal Scholarship are also required to fill out a FAFSA. Also, many states and colleges use your FAFSA information to determine your eligibility for state and school aid. Parents and students will need to provide Social Security numbers, as well as 2017 tax information. Warm Springs students who cannot attend this financial aid night can contact Carroll Dick at Warm Springs Higher Education to get assistance.

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday temporarily blocked a high-profile climate change lawsuit brought by young activists who accuse the federal government of violating their constitutional rights with policies that have caused a dangerous climate. Chief Justice John Roberts signed an order freezing the trial that was set to start in 10 days in federal court in Oregon until lawyers for the young people provide a response and the high court issues another order. It marked a victory for the government, which under the Obama and Trump administrations has tried unsuccessfully for years to get the case dismissed. An expert says the Trump administration tried again before the Oct. 29 trial as the court shifted to the right with the confirmation this month of Brett Kavanaugh. The Supreme Court refused to toss the lawsuit in July, calling it “premature.” Justice Department lawyers asked again Thursday, arguing that the claim aims to redirect federal environmental policies through the courts rather than through the political process.

President Donald Trump on Friday ordered the government to speed up environmental reviews and streamline regulations that he says are hindering work on major water projects in California and other Western states. The signed memorandum affects the timeline of a court-mandated review of the environmental impacts of the Federal Columbia River Power System. The Columbia and Snake rivers are home to 13 species of fish listed under the Endangered Species Act. A federal judge initially ordered three agencies to complete an environmental impact statement of the federal dams in the Columbia Basin by 2021. President Trump has moved up the deadline to 2020 and is ordering agencies to submit a new schedule of completion within 60 days. The White House said the presidential direction is aimed at “reducing regulatory burdens that harm reliable water access in the West.” Other impacted projects include the Central Valley Project and the California State Water Project in California, and the Klamath Irrigation Project in Oregon.

The Madras White Buffaloes are sitting in 2nd place in their 3A Special District 1. They have a 3-1 league record and are 5-3 overall. The Buffs beat Corbett 24-0 Friday. And, they will finish the regular season at White Buffalo stadium this Friday vs. Salem Academy at 7:00.

South Wasco County will play in Madras at 10:00am this Saturday, one of 4 football games to be played that day.